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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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1,945 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 279
Gots: 221 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009)
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

Photo of far333
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brownish golden with burnished copper edges and a full half inch of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Bright hoppy aroma, very citrusy and inviting.

Flavor is floral and citrus, resiny and sappy, moving to piney notes, some orange rind pith. Understated caramel and toffee malt rides beneath but gets pushed back down by the hops. Malt rises up more strongly as it warms and brings nuances of crusty bread and dried leaves. Dry and crisp, finishes tingly. Great beer.

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an amber color with great clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pine hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, nutty, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice blend of ingredients with mild tingly bitterness in the rear. Hop flavor lasts all the way through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and mild bitterness.

Overall: Mmmm, I have forgotten how good this beer tasted. Need to make sure I have it more often.

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/24/11

Lot 031011

Many thanks to Brez07 for this long-time want

Stained brown, tobacco color. Soft highlights of lightly shaded plum. After reaching just shy of three fingers of foam the head started to slowly collapse to 1/4th inch layer. A decent amount of lace catches mid-way through the glass.

Smells excellent; exactly what I like within the style (I'm calling this one an imperial red, by the by). Hops are lively, expressive and in no short supply. Tropical citrus notes are passed through a floral filter that has already trapped small bits of pine resin. Beneath the hops are notions of caramel and bread (becoming a bit more balanced with warmth).

Exhibiting more of a piney bent, the flavor profile is accented by a moderate bitterness throughout. Citrus seems downplayed compared to the aroma; here, it is zesty and embedded in the mix. There is a spicy kick as well. Toasty, bready malts with subtle caramel. Finishes dry with hints of cocoa, of all things. The aforementioned bitterness compounds over time, nearing astringency.

The medium body is laden with resiny goodness. Carbonation is moderate and suits the dryness of the beer. Alcohol is hidden but at 7.2% abv it sneaks up on you. Bitterness lingers after the finish.

This is a pretty nice imperial red. It's easy to drink and enjoyable. This would be in rotation were I within distribution range. Recommended.

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque chestnut brown color with some light coming through around the edges and a huge 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles, that faded extremely slowly, going down and looking like Styrofoam leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like a black IPA with a nice tan layer on top like you’d see on a Guinness. Misses the mark on color in the Amber/Red Ale classification, but impressive in every other way.

Wow, what a nose; I could smell the hops 6 inches away from the glass. Smells of big juicy citrus hops initially, with piney hops, caramel and grains following. The first wave of hops had tangerine and grapefruit, light floral hops, and then wheat bread, syrup, biscuit and brown sugar; not a ton of smells, but what is present is very pronounced and enjoyable.

Tastes like coffee, grapefruit, roasted grains, syrup, caramel and a burst of citrus hops up front. Then there is a mix pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, herbs or hop leafs, peat moss, cocoa powder, mild toffee, floral hops, and very mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the grains and chocolate malt show up more after each sip, leading to the hop bitterness that trails off with roasted notes. Nice balance and complex flavors overall, getting better as it warms up. I really liked the way the hops and malts worked in harmony in this brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that was almost thick but still slides down easy, leaving a semi-dry bitter roasted finish that’s part hops and part roasted grains or chocolate mousse. The alcohol shows through after each swallow, but it’s a minor heat and not a distraction.

Maine Beer Co. keeps putting out hits, and while this beer may not look red or amber, it’s still damn tasty and full of flavor. Another beer I recommend trying from a great brewery. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks KangarooAdam59!

Bottle poured into snifter.

A - pours a reddish brown color with 2 finger white head some lacing.

S - malts, caramel, earthy notes, piney, citrus.

T - malts start it off, followed by the piney hops and grapefruit.

M - Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - This was a great beer! Would definitely trade with KangarooAdam59 again in the future! :)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, fluffy, frothy, brown-white head. Slow, dry, cratering. Plenty of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecans, molasses.

T: Bitter pecan shells, roasted coffee malt, and a bitter hop.

M: Hearty and hoppy. Bitterness hangs on the palate throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head and some sound lacing. Nose is roasty and nutty. Bitter and roasty with a nice hop. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,945 ratings.